TikTok star Gabriel Salazar died in police chase crash 'while driving illegal immigrants across Mexico border'
TIKTOK star Gabriel Salazar died in a police chase crash while driving illegal immigrants across the Mexico border.
The crash that killed Salazar, who boasts more than 1.3million followers on TikTok, reportedly unfolded at around 1.25am Sunday near La Pryor, Texas.
According to the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office, Salazar, 19, was driving three undocumented male immigrants from the Mexico border.
The three passengers, Jose Luis Jimenez-Mora, 41, Jose Molina-Lara, 23, and Sergio Espinoza-Flores, 36, also died in the crash.
Police said a deputy overheard a call from the Crystal City Police Department initiating a traffic stop on the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Salazar was driving.
The CCPD cop then told the deputies that he was in “active pursuit” of the vehicle.
According to a Facebook post by the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office, the county deputy “assisted with deploying a tire deflation device but was unsuccessful."
Investigators report that Salazar was driving north on US 83 when he drove off the road, over-corrected and then rocketed across the highway into a ditch.
Police said the vehicle subsequently hit several trees, rolled over and became engulfed in flames.
It’s unclear what sparked the initial traffic stop, as the Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident.
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'REST EASY BROTHER'
Salazar – who went by @gabenotbabe on TikTok – was known for posting short, humorous lip-sync videos to his page.
Salazar’s family and friends have flocked to social media to mourn his death.
“I love you so much Gabe,” wrote the star’s sister, Danna Salazar, in an Instagram story.
“No matter how much we argued and fought you knew I loved u with all my heart and I would always tell you this. I’ll keep you in my heart forever this isn’t a goodbye it’s a see you soon ale.
"Make sure u and sebas watch over us.”
One of Gabriel's friends, Instagrammer Rickey Flores, posted three tributes to his social media page with one stating: "Rest easy brother.
"Words can't even explain how I feel right now. Man I would do anything to get you back right now bro."
The post included pictures of the two friends together, while another contained a link to a GoFundMe set up to help Salazar's family with the funeral cost.
So far, more than $38,000 has been raised for the star's family.
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